Kenya's Kiptum shatters World Half Marathon record

Sunday October 28 2018

Abraham Kiptum crosses the finishing line to

Abraham Kiptum crosses the finishing line to win the Ndalat Gaa Cross Country 10km senior men’s race in Nandi County on October 15, 2016. Kiptum is the new World half Marathon record holder. FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Kenya's Abraham Kiptum is the new World half Marathon record holder.

The Daegu Marathon champion on Sunday shattered the long-standing record held by Eritrean Zersenay Tadese after clocking 58:19 to win the Valencia half Marathon on Sunday.

A personal best

Kiptum shaved off four seconds from the previous record set by Tadese in Lisbon in 2010, setting a world best time of 58mins 18sec for the half-marathon when he won the Valencia race.

The 29-year-old Kiptum came second in the Copenhagen half-marathon last month and has a personal best time of 2hrs 05mins 26sec for a marathon set at Amsterdam in October 2017.

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